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BJP leaders praise development in Uttar Pradesh by sharing a photo of Dam from South India

Written by Md Mahfooz Alam

On Friday, 19 November, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a gathering in Mahoba, a district in the Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh. Before the address, a hashtag (#बुलन्द_बुन्देलखण्ड) was trended on Twitter to praise development in Bundelkhand.

Many BJP leaders posted a photo of a Dam on Twitter using the same hashtag. Former MP from Ambedkarnagar, Hariom Pandey, posted the photo of the Dam with the caption that reads: “Drought prone region of Bundelkhand will get irrigation projects during visit by PM Modi ji and CM Yogi ji #बुलन्द_बुन्देलखण्ड”. 

(Source: Twitter/Screenshot)

Vishal Singh Chanchal, MLA from Ghazipur, UP; Vinod Sonkar, MP from Kaushambi, UP; Ravindra Nath Tripathi, MLA from Bhadohi, UP; Anil Kumar, MLA from Bathnaha, Bihar and Yogi Devnath of Hindu Yuva Vahini posted the photo of Dam using the same hashtag. An archived version of the post can be accessed here, here, here, here and here.

Facto News found out that the photo of the Dam is not from Uttar Pradesh.

FactO Check: 

On conducting the reverse image search of the Dam’s photo. The result showed many news articles that carried similar photos of the Dam. Most of the articles suggested that the photo of the Dam in question is of the Srisaliam Dam from South India.

An article in Deccan Chronicle carries exactly the same photo of the Dam as posted by the BJP leaders. There are ten gates of the Dam open and also the visuals in the surroundings are similar.

(Source: Deccan Chronicle/Screenshot)

We have also made a collage of the Dam’s photos posted by the BJP leaders and that of one carried by the Deccan Chronicle for further clarification.

We also found the same photo on the website of Telangana State Road Transport Corporation’s (TSRTC). The photo is used under ‘Tour Packages’ and is offering a booking option from ‘Hyderabad to Nagarjun Sagar’.

(Source: TSRTC/Screenshot) 


Therefore, it is evident that the photo of the Dam used by the BJP leaders is from South India, not Uttar Pradesh.

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About the author

Md Mahfooz Alam

Mahfooz is a multimedia journalist and regularly writes fact-check stories for Facto News. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. He has worked as an intern fact-checker for The Quint. He specializes in research and fact-checking and aspires to do investigative reporting.

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